For the first time in 80 years, the Augusta National admitted women among its members.
The golf club that hosts the Masters Tournament every year finally invited former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the South Carolinian venture capitalist Darla Moore to become the first women to receive the green jacket when it will open its doors for a new season in October, after suffering much criticism in recent years.
This gesture should end a debate that has intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk, then number one in the National Council of Women’s Organizations, had campaigned for the club to put an end to the exclusion of women.
CEO of the Augusta National at the time, Hootie Johnson refused to bend, even if it meant that the Masters Tournament would lose its television sponsors for two years.
When he was told that the club would maybe one day see a woman wearing the green jacket, he said, “but not to the point of a bayonet.”